FLINT (AP) An ex-mayor who was ousted by voters in 2015 amid a lead-tainted water crisis in Flint has lost his bid for a seat in the Michigan House.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 15: Dayne Walling, former mayor of Flint, Mi. speaks during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, about the Flint, Michigan water crisis. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Results of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the Flint-area seat showed Dayne Walling with 31 percent, while John Cherry, who has worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, advances to the November election with 47 percent.

Walling told The Flint Journal that perception of his time as mayor, including his handling of the water crisis, was a factor.

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In 2014 and 2015, Flint was run by state-appointed emergency managers when it didn’t properly treat corrosive Flint River water. Lead in old pipes contaminated the water.

Walling and other officials initially told residents the water was safe. They eventually blamed state and federal agencies for the problems.

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